We asked some brilliant folks from the community to talk to us about how they think about risk and the role risk has played in their lives and careers.

Grace & Matt @theggoldenroad | Content Creators

When we decided that we wanted to Walk Across America last year we knew that we had to make some decisions. We decided that we wanted to live an unconventional lifestyle and any risks that go along with that. The first thing that we had to do was sell everything that we owned. We sold our cars, our clothes, pretty much all of our material items. We had two goals in our mind and it was to raise funds and awareness for Time In A Bottle while we walked across America, and to create content that would inspire others to live whatever life they want. The risks that we took led us to where we are today. Read more>>

Moses Asomaning | Photographer, Gamer, Youtuber & Aspiring DJ

Life is all about risks. From inventing all the way up to creativity. You never know how something will be unless you try. Kobe Bryant once said that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. That being said I believe that taking risks has helped me tremendously with my career starting with just the purchase of my first camera. That was the biggest risk of my life. My friends were encouraging me to get into photography and I honestly liked taking pictures but I never knew it would be to the extent of me purchasing a camera. From there I learned the meaning of what Kobe said and I tried to implement it into almost anything I do whether it be with relationships or my careers/hobbies. Read more>>

Susan Kolman | Pastry Chef/Owner

Most of us think of risk as being scary and maybe even dangerous, but in reality taking risks gives us opportunities to grow personally and professionally. Looking back, so many of my decisions could be viewed as risky, but for me, each one moved me forward and gave me chances to explore and develop my passions and confidence. It’s all a matter of perspective. I’ve changed careers multiple times. My last big switch was leaving behind an executive role in a major international consulting firm to spend a year in pastry school training to become a pastry chef. It’s a long story, but stands as one of my best decisions ever, even though leaving a 6 figure income for minimum wage seems crazy to many people. The chef who trained me used to tell us an old adage, “Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.” Read more>>

Kristin Marshall | Lifestyle Family Photographer

It sounds clique but I truly believe with out risk, there is no reward. My whole career has been about taking risks, from quitting my full time job to pursue photography full time, to establishing my style and esthetic, creating art for MYSELF, and what my creative passion thrives. I wouldn’t be where I am today without taking some risks, and making mistakes, but choosing to harvest that fear into being better, and growing, instead of letting it cause me to retreat back to a comfortable state. Read more>>

Leslie Miller | Contemporary Artist and Director of Tubac School of Fine Art

What fun would life be without taking risks? One of my sayings is ” you won’t know, if you don’t go”. This phrase started when talking about travel, but it really applies to everything. When the decision was made that I would carry on with the small art school my mentor had started in this tiny village of Tubac, AZ, my vision was met with, “this town could never support that kind of a program”. I envisioned a workshop center that hosted art instructors and artists, that wanted to study with them, from all over the country. The belief was that our reach was very limited due to our population of 1400 residents and that there were not enough artists to fill multiple workshops each season. What I was proposing had never worked before, here. Read more>>